Jio, the company that interrupted the telecom sector with its 4G programs at terrific rates and returned the common man access to super-fast internet, has now entered the broadband market with its Jio Giga fibre which brings you superfast internet via optical fibre cables. It marries this with a Jio set-top box which provides you with live TV channels. All of this sounds good considering the price and it sure seems like a good deal, but is it? and how does it fare against its adversary: Airtel Xstream? Let’s find out

The plans

The means start from INR 699/ month and go up to INR 8499/ month. The minimum fast accessible is 100mbps and the max being 1gbps. The schemes have a data caps or FUP ranging from 100 GB/ month to 5000 GB/ month but in case you run out of data, the hurrying would cease to 1mbps or you can buy a booster. You get a wifi router and a set-top box with the welcome offer along with free data. The facility charges are 1500 security deposit( refundable) and 1000 installation commissions( non-refundable .) The strategies come with subscriptions to OTT apps like Hotstar, sony liv etc.

Jio’s biggest adversary is currently Airtel Xstream. The Design start from INR 799 per month with a acceleration of 100 Mbps and a data cover of 150GB and go up to INR 3999 per month for 1gbps move and unlimited data. It should be noted that you can make any plan to have unlimited data by a fee of INR 299. Starting from the INR 999 compres which comes with 200 mbps quickened and 300 GB data cap, additional benefits like three months after Netflix, a year of Amazon Prime Videos, Airtel Xstream app and Zee5 due at no extra cost are provided. All of this is under the Airtel Thank you programme and approximately saves you INR 950 every month on OTT apps whereas the Jio saves you around INR 228 per month merely. The Airtel Xstream app due is also better than the Jio Tv+ app for watching daily pictures as it has more choices and directs. Overall the Airtel Xstream Provides better OTT apps and saves you a lot more coin compared to the Jio Fibre. But the plans on the Jio Fibre are comparatively cheaper.


The hardware includes a set-top box and a wifi router. The wifi router is dual banding and has a very high range and at the back, it boasts 3-gigabit ethernet ports along with a telephone jack. A telephone number is provided and can be connected to the jack for landline services. The 4K set-top box is low profile and has an ethernet jack at the back together with an HDMI out port. It has a single LED at the front just like the router. It’s based on android and comes with a Bluetooth remote. The remote is plasticky but gets the job done.

The biggest discrepancies between the Jio Fibre and the Airtel Xstream’s hardware offering is the inclusion of a set-top box together with a WIFI router in the Jio Fibre and not with the Airtel Xstream which simply comes with a WIFI router. The Jio Fibre strategy include a 4K set-top box which can be connected to your TV whereas incase of the Airtel Xstream, there are no such proposal all-inclusive options, nonetheless, you can purchase an Airtel Xstream protrude which is essentially a stream device for INR 4,999 or you could get the Airtel Xstream carton which is a hybrid smart set-top box involve a DTH connection at INR 2249. The DTH connection and TV strategies cost extra.

The Jio Fibre offers you cheaper TV-watching alternatives without the need of get an additional DTH connection but the paths are limited and channel-surf the direct is as not as smooth as in DTH.

wifi router


The internet connection is solid with no velocity puts and has low latency. The 5ghz bandwidth gives you almost ethernet-like rates. The set-top box, nonetheless, has some issues. A detail that is not very openly disclosed is that the set-top box moves of wifi and uses the data quota that you have for regular internet usage.

There is no separate quota for it. With its streaming in HD, you can use up a lot of your available data. As for the paths, you are dependent upon the live paths that are available on the OTT apps like Hotstar and sony liv and Voot. There is no channel number navigation system like DTH thus making the swapping of canals tedious.

The set-top box is based on Android and is very buggy. Content tends to buffer even with a accelerate of 250 mbps. The UI is a bit laggy and stutters a little. Audio quality is good and is transmitted via an HDMI cable along with the flaunt. The canal excerpt is low and not all channels are available in HD but are constantly updated. You can also watch youtube on it extremely. A user repeated “The TV services are good, but summary executions needs a bit polishing.”

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The Jio Giga fibre is a great staple broadband tie-in with excellent reliability and decently priced strategies and furnishes a better-included TV watching solution than it’s challengers but the Tv watching is currently very rough and is still in need of some polishing. Future additives like Jio First Day First show which promises to bring theatre released movies to your home on the same day!

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